Denver’s ban on source-of-income discrimination took effect on January 1, 2019.

The ordinance, which the Denver City Council approved back in August, prohibits a wide range of conduct in real estate transactions “based upon … source of income.”  Protected sources of income under the ordinance include government housing assistance, Social Security payments, veterans’ benefits, student loans, legal settlements, and court-ordered child support and alimony payments.  The income source must be both “lawful” and “verifiable” to be eligible for protection.  The new law applies to landlords, real estate agents, property managers, and mortgage lenders.  Property owners who rent a single unit are specifically exempt.
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In our April Client Alert, we reported on a possible breakthrough in construction defect reform legislation, which had passed the House and was moving to the Senate.  The Colorado Senate has now unanimously approved House Bill 1279, and sent it to Governor Hickenlooper, who is expected to sign the bill.  HB 1279 was

Colorado’s growing high-tech scene is currently driving the office leasing activities in metro Denver.  According to CBRE’s Colorado Tech Book 2016, high-tech companies leased 1.1 million square feet of office space, or 16.5% of the total leased space, in metro Denver last year, making it the largest industry represented in the market. Overall, technology firms are leasing approximately 9.8 million square feet in metro Denver and 15.5 million square feet in Colorado.

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